Research shows that having family dinners can greatly impact a child’s early learning. In a blog written by Ryan Nyhan for Birth to Thrive Online, he says that 63% of parents in the state with children from birth to five years old are making an effort to sit down six-to-seven nights during the week for a family meal. There are many benefits that come from eating dinner together including fewer behavioral problems, better performance in school, and a lower likelihood of substance abuse, fighting and suicidal thoughts.
Nyhan also points out that family dinner time is a great way for parents to check their child’s social and cognitive development. Children have the opportunity to talk about their day at school, discuss current events, talk about any troubles or triumphs the child might be going through, and to improve overall family bonding.
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